Silicon Valley Conference 2017
In coordination with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) embassy in Washington DC and UAE Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, more than 30 leaders and high-ranking Dubai officials met with Silicon Valley technology leaders in April 2017. This meeting was a part of Dubai’s 21st-century strategy to position themselves as tech-driven leaders. High profile officials such as Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, urged all Dubai administrative bodies to actively integrate the latest technical offerings and pursue partnerships with high-tech industry leaders within their administrations.
The result of these communications, launched at the 5th World Government Summit earlier this year has become known as the Dubai 10X initiative, the mission is to make Dubai government 10 times more efficient, creative and dominant within the technology arena. The directed goals of the initiative reach across all of the country’s citizens, but it is especially targeted at Dubai’s youth, which Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Commander of the UAE Military describes as a move towards better preparing them for the “post-oil era.”
Programs with supportive roles in Dubai’s 10X initiative include Dubai Future Accelerators. Managed by Mohammad Al Gergawi, UAE Minister for Cabinet Affairs and the Future, Dubai Future Accelerators is a 12 week curriculum refocusing Dubai’s businesses and government entities to a future-based technology paradigm, describing the Foundation’s drive as fulfilling the government’s role in “unlock[ing] human potential.”
The objective set for Dubai 10X by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, drives to implement “X Labs” throughout the region’s governmental agencies, positioning Dubai as a technology leader in areas such as education, government deliverables and health care that is one decade more advanced than other world tech centers.
Recent 10X Achievements
Adding to its list of recent accomplishments, Dubai 10X has been responsible for improvements in the Emirate’s customs processing resulting in processing increases of more than ½ million transactions between the years 2016 and 2014, adding an additional boost to their already prosperous economic trade balance. The initiative has additionally announced its ambitious goal of having 2021 marking the last year of paper transactions in the emirate.